Tag Archives: leash reactivity

My Dog Doesn’t Like Other Dogs: 5 steps to Stop the Barking and Lunging

Posted on: June 5, 2017 - 1 Comment

We’ve all seen it. Person and dog are walking along the street. Dog spots another person or dog and goes ballistic. Barking, lunging, ducking and diving, in a flurry of teeth and claws, looking for all the world as if she wants to eat everyone in her path. Then we see the poor owner trying Read More

Why did my dog’s reactivity get worse, when I’m trying my best?

Posted on: February 23, 2017 - No Comments

Does your reactive dog seem to be getting more fearful, anxious, or aggressive? Here are key strategies for change that you can put in place very easily.

Create Your Dog’s Security Zone Today

Posted on: February 17, 2017 - No Comments

We can actually make our dog’s feel both calm and confident about their surroundings AND teach them a better way to cope when they do experience those emotions of overexcitement and overarousal.

Positively Dog Training Episode 601

Posted on: November 11, 2016 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly are back with a bang for the first episode of the Positively Podcast's sixth season.

Positively Success Story: Tia

Posted on: February 22, 2016 - No Comments

When I lost my husband 4 years ago, I turned to my 2 yr Boxer Tia for comfort and to share my overwhelming sense of loss. We both grieved together.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Have a Reactive Dog (Part 3)

Posted on: February 1, 2016 - No Comments

As promised, I am going to talk about some of the things I did that helped curb her reactivity towards other dogs. These are things I did in addition to handling exercises designed to keep Charlotte’s attention on me AND the behavior modification to help her feel differently about dogs.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Have a Reactive Dog (Part 2)

Posted on: January 18, 2016 - No Comments

It's simple but not easy to be skilled at managing a reactive dog. It takes lots of practice to sharpen your own mechanics while teaching the dog various exercises to help the dog stay focused on you.

My dog wants to greet everyone! 5 ways to reduce frustration on walks

Posted on: November 18, 2015 - No Comments

Does your dog pull you over in his eagerness to greet another dog? Here are 5 ways to change your hooligan to a well-mannered dog.

It’s Not The Dog, It’s You! A Simple Way to Stop Leash Reactivity

Posted on: November 3, 2015 - 50 Comments

First steps to changing your dog's over-reaction to other dogs when you're out and about. You can stop the barking and lungeing!

Give Your Dog an Instant Safe Haven On Walks

Posted on: October 26, 2015 - 3 Comments

We’ve all seen a small child clinging to Mom’s neck while he safely views the world from under her hair. A little puppy has the same need for a safe haven. You may have seen your own puppy hurtle in from the garden when there’s an alarming noise, and dive into her bed. Plunging into the Read More

How to Stop Leash Reactivity and Start Enjoying Walks Again

Posted on: October 5, 2015 - 1 Comment

How can we stop leash reactivity? By turning a dog training challenge into a strength and creating an awesome relationship with our dogs. Here's how.

Leash Reactivity – Why Does It Happen?

Posted on: September 29, 2015 - 1 Comment

The leash is one of the more neglected aspects of dog keeping, and, because of this, it is a source of problems.

Positively Success Story: Libby

Posted on: November 17, 2014 - 2 Comments

I adopted Libby in May of this year from our local animal shelter. She initially showed up last December at approximately a year old as a stay that no one claimed. She was adopted once but was returned because she continued to scale a six-foot fence and roam the neighborhood. My husband and I are Read More

Positively Success Story: Jasper

Posted on: November 4, 2014 - No Comments

This is the story of Jasper. Jasper is 5 year old Hound/Retriever Mix that we adopted from a local rescue group when he was 3 months old. Jasper completed Puppy, Intermediate, Advance training and his CGCC with a great positive trainer. Jasper also is a K-9 Blood Donor. When Jasper was about 2 years old, we Read More

How Does Your Dog See and Understand the World?

Posted on: September 8, 2014 - 1 Comment

Scenario: A pleasant neighborhood on a sunny day, we observe a human and her dog taking a walk together. All of a sudden, the dog strains on leash, barking and lunging. The human tries to calm the dog down to no avail. She keeps looking around and sees nothing that should make her dog react Read More

How I Stopped My Dog’s Leash Aggression

Posted on: August 17, 2014 - 15 Comments

If you’ve ever had a leash reactive dog, you know the feeling of dread that I had before going on a walk. Learn how I stopped my dog's leash aggression--positively.

Victoria Talks About Aggressive Dogs on HLN

Posted on: November 16, 2013 - 4 Comments

Victoria was featured on "News Now" with Mike Galanos on HLN, where she worked with a dog aggressive Jack Russell terrier named Sadie Mae, and a timid shepherd mix named Angelina. The two dogs met on-camera for the first time, and Victoria walked Mike through the two dogs' body language and the signals to look Read More

Don’t Take Their Word for It

Posted on: November 12, 2010 - 14 Comments

Picture this: you’re walking your dog at the park when you spot another dog and owner coming toward you. There’s something about the dog that gives you pause. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but that little inner voice is saying, “This is not a dog you want your dog to greet.” As Read More

Insecurity

Posted on: January 5, 2010 - 2 Comments

Not a week goes by when someone – often several – clients come in ¬¬my office saying their dog is an “alpha” dog … over them, over other dogs in the household, over other dogs in the park, over other people, etc.   People complain that their dogs are bullies, especially where other dogs are concerned.   Read More